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beautiful sunset. rain is on the way. welcome to "world news tonight." the tornado watches up right now. 23 million americans facing severe weather tonight. deadly twisters touching down. we are live. also this evening, that massive hurricane gaining strength. the biggest in the atlantic to make landfall this year. first words. tonight, what the 26-year-old nurse with ebola is now saying. the blood, the anti-bodies rushed in to help her from that other american. what we've learned tonight about her dog. and the new warning this evening, the world health organization and their stunning prediction. the air scare. the passenger plane making an emergency landing. the walls opening up from the inside. the breaking news we've just learned. the punishment for that moment on the track between two nascar greats. and the bold offer from facebook and now apple, to women who work for them.
we will pay to freeze your eggs. the reaction, pouring in. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and as we come on the air, tornado watches are up right now across several states. a massive system bringing deadly twisters. look at this. captured on the horizon there, a massive funnel cloud in corinth, mississippi. severe damage to homes in the area. all part of the same storm. in florida, cars suddenly trapped in flood waters, moving in bhin outs. the person who captured this image then helping to push that driver out. we are also tracking two massive tropical systems on both sides of the country. a major hurricane in the atlantic about to make landfall. but we begin with the tornado worries as we head into the evening and abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano in georgia tonight, in the middle of the damage. rob? >> reporter: david, americans up and down the east coast are bracing for these storms. they came through georgia this morning with tremendous force.
these storms have turned deadly. and they're not over yet. the storms started before dawn in atlanta. high winds, hail and at least one confirmed tornado. >> it was quite a spectacle. and it was in here and out of here as quickly as it came. it was blinding fast. >> reporter: this family is lucky to be alive. with just minutes warning, rushing their family to shelter as the tornado went right over their home. >> just a growling sound, just an angry, scary, hair standing up on you kind of sound. i've never heard anything like it in my entire life. >> reporter: in the last 36 hours, over 350 reports of severe weather. and at least a dozen confirmed tornadoes, from the midwest to the south. >> the national weather service in greenville has issued a tornado warning.
>> reporter: in chattanooga, morning mudslides closing the highway. in alabama, storms turned dead deadly overnight. a falling tree killing one woman and injuring her husband. neighbor kelli lane saw the victim's husband run from the house. >> i heard the tree and it fell and he started screaming "help, help, help!" >> i tried everything i could to get her out but there was a tree on top of her. >> reporter: and in starksville, mississippi, a jumbled mess of power lines and debris. thankfully, no injuries here. >> are y'all okay in there? >> yes. >> okay. >> reporter: the tornado that caused this damage was ranked an ef-1. that means winds up to 110 miles an hour. thankfully, the storms that came through here have pushed east, but the threat tonight lies in the carolinas. david? >> all right, rob marciano. let's get right to ginger and this system you were telling me isn't over yet. >> reporter: no, not over yet. we've got a tornado watch in place until 10:00 p.m. and you can see exactly why. that same cold front that has been deadly marching east, and in the red is the biggest concern. right there, from virginia back to parts of eastern georgia. now, all the way down in the yellow, that's severe thunderstorm.
you can have very strong winds with that, too. so, we're watching the whole region. >> you are also watching tropical systems in the pacific and the atlantic, that's a major hurricane now. >> reporter: major hurricane. that's gonzalo. just moving north of puerto rico. max winds, 115 miles per hour. and it moves to the north and east. bermuda, right in its target. right there. laser focused. on friday. if it makes landfall there as a category 3, it will be the strongest landfalling hurricane in the atlantic season. and david, ana. going toward the big island of hawaii. should become a hurricane tomorrow. and this one, i just got off the phone with the hurricane center, they say will be a big story by the weekend. >> all right, tracking it all, ginger. by the way, great to have you back from the bering sea last night. >> great to be here. now to the breaking headline on the deadly ebola outbreak. starting with the new warning from the world health organization. predicting up to 10,000 new cases in the next two months unless drastic action is taken. revealing the virus is deadlier than ever. 70% of those infected, not expected to live. and tonight, for the first time, we are hearing from that nurse, fighting for her life in dallas.
26-year-old nina pham sending word from her isolation ward, getting help from this man, dr. kent brantly. an american who was infected, but recovered. they are now giving her his anti-bodies. and this evening, we have new word on how her dog is doing, as well. abc's tom llamas in dallas for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, 26-year-old nina pham listed in good condition. the nurse, battling ebola, speaking out. "i'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. i am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world." the cdc today flying in top disease experts to care for pham. and she's getting a potentially life-saving gift from american ebola survivor dr. kent brantly, the missionary doctor. in liberia, his condition worsening. brantly was given the blood of a 14-year-old ebola survivor. the belief? that blood contains anti-bodies that can help fight the virus. when brantly got well, he then donated those same life-saving
anti-bodies from his blood to ebola patients here in the u.s. dr. rick sacra, who survived. journalist ashoka mukpo, who is improving. and now, nurse nina pham. pham's close friends telling us tonight, she's equally devoted to her own patients. >> i think that with every patient she came into contact to, she really tried to treat them like she would her own family. >> reporter: and today, an extraordinary admission from the cdc, saying they should have sent more help to dallas when duncan was diagnosed. >> i wish we had put a team like this on the ground the day the patient, the first patient, was diagnosed. that might have prevented this infection. >> reporter: and tonight, this image. pham's beloved dog, bentley, removed from her apartment by a haz-mat team in full protective gear. he's now being monitored. the city of dallas saying bentley is a happy camper with comfortable bedding and toys. and david, tonight, the cdc dramatically increasing the amount of people they are closely watching. 76 doctors and nurses from this hospital who treated thomas eric
duncan will now be monitored for fever or any other ebola symptoms. david? >> tom, thank you. and let's get right to dr. richard besser, back with us tonight. and rich, you're headed to dallas tomorrow, but in the meantime, i wanted to show folks at home those four hospitals again tonight, where they have teams who have practiced for ebola for years. and you and i were asking on the desk here last night, why they haven't sent those teams to dallas to help out and what have you learned tonight? >> reporter: well, we've now learned that they have. they sent two nurses down there to help oversee care to make sure no one else gets infected. and they've said for any patient in the country who develops ebola in the future, a go team will go immediately and decide whether to send that patient to one of the four hospitals. >> a lot of people are going to ask why it took so long. in the meantime, something else we saw today, about how contagious ebola is. a tiny amount of blood with hiv, 1 million virus particles. a tiny amount of blood with ebola, 10 billion virus particles. you worked for the cdc for years. what do the numbers tell you? >> reporter: well, they tell you that if you are taking care of
one of these patients, if you're a nurse, any mistake, a tiny drop of blood on your skin could get you infected. the virus is that powerful. >> all right, rich besser with us again tonight. dr. besser, thank you. now to startling new images from inside a tour bus, moments after it skidded and flipped on a slick interstate in the midwest. in fact, you can see a first responder moving through the wreckage, a terrified passenger recording it all from inside what was left. it is believed many of the passengers were sleeping at the moment of impact. abc's alex perez tonight. >> reporter: it happened in seconds. this double decker megabus rolling over and landing on its side. more than 50 passengers on board, tossed like rag dolls. this cell phone video taken by a passenger shows the chaos outside the bus, right after the rollover, about 4:30 this morning. and, the damage inside. the bus flipped on its side. first responders helping startled passengers. some sleeping when the bus crashed. many injured by shattered glass.
>> the other gentleman that was next to me, i mean, he had cuts and bruises on his face, he was bleeding all over the place. >> reporter: the bus traveling from atlanta to chicago. the interstate, near greenwood, indiana, slick from the overnight downpour when the driver struck a car that had veered to the side of the road, causing the bus to flip. megabus is cooperating with investigators. according to department of transportation, the company has its highest safety rating. but last year alone, the department shut down more than 100 other bus companies it deemed unsafe. in indiana today, 18 passengers were hospitalized. the others, eventually getting on another bus to complete the trip to chicago. all those injured, expected to make a full recovery after surviving a frightening ordeal. alex perez, abc news, chicago. >> alex, thank you. and now to that image from the sky. the american airlines flight and the emergency landing after passengers discovered this. the wall of the cabin bursting open at the seams. abc's david kerley tonight on what happened.
>> reporter: frightened passengers as seams split on this 757 right after takeoff. >> bang, bang, bang, bang, and then the interior panels buckled in. >> reporter: that's right. the inside wall seams burst. >> i wasn't sure if we were going to make it. >> reporter: up in the cockpit, no alarm of a pressurization problem. the masks didn't deploy. but some of the 184 passengers on their way to dallas wanted the crew to take a look. >> these passengers basically said, no, you need to come over here and take a look at this. >> reporter: first, the flight attendant, and then a pilot slips into the row to take a look at how that liner split. and that was enough. >> we do have a potential problem in the back. >> american 2293, are you declaring an emergency? >> just a precaution, we're going to go back to san francisco. >> reporter: it was an air duct between the fuselage and liner that blew. american airlines, whose 757s average 19 years old, called it a cosmetic problem. >> there are things that can fail and sometimes spectacularly. i'm sure these people were quite
scared when something like this happened. but at no time were they in any real danger. >> reporter: we've seen plenty of problems inside cabins. this american airlines jet had to land because seats were not bolted in. but concerning is when a fuselage fails, like this southwest jet on which a piece of the skin peeled back. it's that outer skin that's the most important. this is where the liner would be attached. so you can see how much room there is for ducts and wires. so, this failure caused a lot of noise, david, but no danger. >> all right, a revealing prop there. david kerley, thank you. overseas this evening and to a telling before and after in the u.s.-led air strikes over syria. look and listen to this. 21 u.s.-led air strikes in just 24 hours in and around kobani, that crucial city isis is trying to take control of on the border with turkey. the most air strikes in a single day since bombings began over syria. and so i want to bring in abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now. because martha, you're about to show us a revealing before and after here? >> reporter: i am, david. you know, it looked almost certain kobani was going to fall
just days ago. but now, there is some hope. look at this. taken from across the border. in the first shot, you see the black flag of isis atop a hillside overlooking kobani. but in the next shot, the flag is gone, with kurdish fighters now apparently controlling that hilltop. this does not mean the fight is over. kobani could still fall. isis fighters have been adapting and trying to blend into the population. but many of the civilians have now fled and that could be making the isis fighters easier to target. the chairman of the joint chiefs told me they send up jets and if they can find a target, they will take it out, david. >> all right, martha raddatz live in washington tonight. martha, thank you. we move on now to hong kong, the pro-democracy demonstrations there taking a violent turn. police in riot gear using pepper spray to clear protesters out of a tunnel they were blocking near government headquarters. the protests are now in their third week. back here at home tonight,
and some relief for american families. the price of gas in a welcome freefall across this country. a gallon of regular now just $3.21, down 9 cents in a week. and here is the map tonight. so many of you sending us these snapshots from gas stations near your home. in new jersey, for example, $2.82 a gallon. in michigan, $2.55. keep them coming. and abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis, and rebecca, what's causing this? >> reporter: big thing here is oil. oil prices are plunging. we are now on the verge in this country of producing more oil than saudi arabia and becoming the world's largest oil producer. that has sent prices at the pump down across the country. 30% of the country tonight, david, is paying a price that begins with a 2 in front of it. and they can expect to see more relief in the coming weeks, 20 cents, that's what my experts are telling me. you can expect to see oil prices, gasoline prices drop another 20 cents in coming weeks. >> that would be great. in the meantime, we have a few seconds left. heating oil, how is that affected? >> reporter: heating oil looks good, too.
you are seeing prices come down. this winter, a typical family can save $350 on their heating bill. >> all right, rebecca jarvis with some good news tonight, thank you. now, to that debate tonight. the offer from facebook and now apple. telling women who work for them, we will pay to freeze your eggs. abc's mara schiavocampo with the reaction tonight. >> reporter: a new perk for working women. tonight, tech giants facebook and apple confirming they will pick up the tab for female employees who freeze their eggs. becoming two of the first and biggest companies to cover costs for this expensive fertility treatment. $10,000 to $15,000 on average, plus $500 a year for storage. a benefit some working women wish they'd had. >> it cost me about $13,500. >> reporter: last year, the 36-year-old style expert paid out of pocket to freeze her eggs. after realizing her professional success had delayed her dream of starting a family. >> i know at some point i want to have my own biological children as well as adopt.
>> reporter: it's part of the new benefits package that includes invitro fertilization and adoption coverage. but does it send the message that work comes first and family can wait? would you want your employer to do something like this? >> i'm in favor of things which level the playing field. >> i think it means they want women to put their career in front of starting a family. >> i hope it will catch on. i hope more companies will see how great this is for women in general. >> the good is that it impowers women and gives them more choices. the bad is it communicates a message to women that their workplaces may not be tolerant to women who decide to have children on the job. >> reporter: new options for women who worry about clocking in and their biological clock. now, doctors say fertility drops dramatically with age and advise women who have decided to freeze their eggs not to put it off, david, saying it's the age of the egg that's important. >> all right, mara, thank you. a lot more news ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. and look at this. the woman trapped in her car overnight at the bottom of a ravine.
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call for help. vazquez's onstar device alerted authorities of a car crash, but police say, after hours of searching, can't locate her car. 12 hours pass. vazquez's stepmother calls police to report her missing. an officer goes to her home and finds her ipad and after several tries, remarkably guesses vazquez's password and with it, uses the "find my phone" feature to zero in on her location. >> getting a hit on a gps from find my iphone app. >> reporter: nearly 24 hours after she disappeared, vazquez is rescued, pulled out of the ravine in a stretcher and taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. and david, tonight, onstar says it is aware of the incident and is investigating. vazquez is said to be responsive and in good condition. david? >> aditi, thank you. and when we come back, the breaking news, the punishment for those nascar greats after that moment on the track. and look at this. they need your help in one american city to catch a thief.
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and finally, a family reunion 17 years in the making. the grandmother wrongly r wrong convicted. the message she wrote on her shoes in prison, and the one thing she wanted when she got out. abc's gio benitez with our partners at yahoo!. >> reporter: in court, tears of joy. a judge exonerating this 59-year-old mother and grandmother of murder. outside, an embrace 17 years in the making. after nearly two decades in prison, susan mellen walks free. >> i even wrote "freedom" on the bottom of my tennis shoes with a black marker because i believed i was going to be freed. >> reporter: now mellen and her family sitting down with yahoo!'s global news anchor, katie couric. >> god gave me strength and my three kids. if it wasn't for them, i would have never made it. never. >> reporter: in 1997, mellen was accused of killing an ex-boyfriend. police arresting her at a mcdonald's. mellen was going to buy her youngest daughter a happy meal. but she never did. until now.
>> i got my happy meal yesterday, so i was really stoked about that. >> reporter: perhaps most precious, this moment. meeting her grandchild, aidan, for the first time. >> he knows me already. hi. get excited. he took to me like he had been in my life for this whole time. >> reporter: time. something susan mellen now measures and treasures in a new way. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> grandmother hugging her grandson for the first time. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. until then, have a good evening. good night. >> giants break a deadlock. >> a worker's walk out cripples koirts in san francisco. why it may be too late for workers to get a raise. >> the dream force conference,
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a familiar theme this post-season from the giants two wins from their third world series trip in five years couldn't ask for a better start. first inning leading 1-0. bases loaded, deep to right center, off the base of the wall. hunter penns score four-run cushion for tim hudson. cushion for tim hudson. cardinals chip away. to extra innings tied at four. gregor blanco lays down a bunt. incomes crawford. incomes crawford. giants taking a 2-1 series lead. >> it's very exciting you know? to get the go ahea